Press Release

Nation's Mayors and County Leaders Unveil Ten-Point "Agenda for Metropolitan America"; U.S. Domestic Policy Advisor Tops List

U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Wellington Webb, National Association of Counties (NACo) President C. Vernon Gray and other top local government leaders will announce a national campaign to enhance the nationís metro regions, which includes pressing the next Administration to create a cabinet-level domestic policy advisor.

At the end of Jan. 2000, the U.S. will mark its longest span of economic expansion in its history.Using data from a recent Standard & Poorís DRI report, local leaders will demonstrate how the economic boom has been propelled by the nationís largest urban counties and cities Ė Americaís economic engines.

Noting that corporate investment strategies, and state and federal policies have ignored this reality, Mayors and county officials will use the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) event to launch an historic year-long campaign.The campaign will heighten the profile of metropolitan economic issues, and encourage spirited debate of metropolitan initiatives during the Year 2000 Presidential Campaign.

When: ††††††††††† Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000

Time:†††††††††††† 8:30am

Where: ††††††††††† Association for a Better New York(ABNY)
Empire Room, Waldorf Astoria Hotel
301 Park Avenue at 50th Street, New York

News Conference at 9:30am, immediately following ABNY event

Who:††††††††††††† Wellington Webb, Mayor of Denver and President, U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM);

C. Vernon Gray, Council member, Howard County (MD) and President, National Association of Counties (NACo);

H. Brent Coles, Mayor of Boise and USCM Vice President;

Marc Morial, Mayor of New Orleans and USCM Advisory Board Chair;

Wayne Curry, Prince Georgeís County (MD) Executive and NACo

Large Urban County Caucus Chairman;

Ron Sims, NACo Large Urban County Caucus Vice Chair and King County (WA) Executive

Contact:†††         Shawn Bullard, NACo, (202) 942-4212 (
Jubi Headley, USCM, (202) 861-6766 (